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Alan Dundes Quotes

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Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

 

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

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Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -
after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill

Americans no longer look to government for economic security;
rather,
they look to their portfolios.
- Bill Owens

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they
eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf.
- Christopher Dodd

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

I predict future happiness for Americans
if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

Americans want action for their money.
They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work.
- Paula Nelson

People are stunned to hear that one company has data
files on 185 million Americans.
- Ralph Nader

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers.
This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated
thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
- Albert Einstein

Only Americans can hurt America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

The cost of freedom is always high,
but Americans have always paid it.
And one path we shall never choose,
and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
- John F. Kennedy

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all
the stupidities they can think of,
plus some that are beyond imagination.
- Charles de Gaulle

Not only must Americans admire Israel,
there can be no doubt that we have an interest in,
and special responsibility for, that valiant nation.
- George Ball

We're all Americans trying to compete.
Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
- Oscar Robertson

Tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans -
I ask for your support.
- Richard M. Nixon

More important is the fact that embryonic stem cell
research could lead to new treatments and cures for
the many Americans afflicted with life-threatening
and debilitating diseases.
- Ron Kind

I live in Italy part time, and they're obsessed with
what's happening in LA too.
They make fun of Americans, but the world wants to
know what's going on in Hollywood.
- Debi Mazar

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the
decisions on behalf of Americans.
- George W. Bush

As polarized as we have been, we Americans are locked
in a cultural war for the soul of our country.
- Patrick Buchanan

Americans of all ages deserve quality end-of-life medical care.
- Bill Nelson

Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
- Bob Geldof

The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense,
with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his
vision of America on the world stage.
- Gwen Ifill

It's like everybody is obsessed with Hollywood movies worldwide.
And even though everybody hates the Americans,
they're still watching American movies.
- Roland Emmerich

Currently, more than 4.7 million African Americans
receive Social Security benefits,
and nearly 8 million people with disabilities depend
on Social Security for their daily sustenance.
- Chaka Fattah

There's a deep-seated paranoia that Americans have
about not being Americans or something.
- Billy Joel

It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not
care why we went to war in Iraq,
that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
- Adam Schiff

What the world needs now is more Americans.
The U.S.
is the first nation on earth deliberately dedicated
to letting people choose what they want and giving them a chance to get it.
- Ferdinand Mount

It's time for conservative Americans to do what Reagan did.
- Mike Pence

The Americans are very clear, and obsessed with nouns.
- Fiona Shaw

We could have a budget that brings Americans together.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

Americans love our shoes and us Brits love that we
can always pick up a bargain when in the US.
- Lisa Snowdon

My experience as a school nurse taught me that we need
to make a concerted effort,
all of us, to increase physical fitness activity among
our children and to encourage all Americans to adopt
a healthier diet that includes fruits and vegetables,
but there is more.
- Lois Capps

The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic
of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them,
with others.
- Jose Saramago

Democrats are not about to nominate anyone who backs the tax cut,
and Americans are not going to elect anyone who favors a tax increase.
- Dick Morris

We must stop talking about the American dream and start
listening to the dreams of Americans.
- Max Beerbohm

We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless
you have more than one option politically,
how free are you?
- Lynn Swann

Americans are like Pac Man.
We just eat our way through the day.
There's always something going into the mouth.
- Diane Lane

The flag represents all the values and the liberties
Americans have and enjoy everyday.
- Bill Shuster

As Americans, we can choose where we work and live,
what we drive, which insurance plan is best for us,
so why can we not give workers a choice when it comes to their retirement?
- John Doolittle

Americans need never fear their government because
of the advantage of being armed,
which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.
- Gouverneur Morris

Americans pay up to 1000 percent more to fill their
prescriptions than consumers in other countries -
that is an alarming statistic.
- Ken Salazar

We as Americans assume that big companies are bad,
and big power companies are even worse.
- Frank Luntz

Americans spend 3 billion hours per year filling out
tax forms and keeping tax records.
- Jim Ramstad

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom,
tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to
oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
- Coretta Scott King

In a sense I've made the same film over and over again.
In all of them I've asked, 'Who are we as Americans?
- Ken Burns

If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make
a fortune out of what they don't know about economics.
- Luther H. Hodges

America decided we were going to stand by and let Americans
die at the hands of terrorists a long time ago.
- Tommy Franks

Americans are a can-do people, an enthusiastic people,
a problem-solving people.
And when given a direction and given a plan,
they'll sign on.
- Henry Cisneros

If we do not make tough decisions now,
future Americans will have to make even tougher ones.
- Virginia Foxx


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